I've had the RioVolt CD-MP3 player for quite a while now
and the bottom line is, I like it.
When I first got the player there were some problems
however. I didn't like the pre-programmed equalizer that was limited
to only 5 options, and a rather annoying 1 second gap between songs.
The factory default equalizer only had settings for "normal, classic, rock, jazz
and ultra bass." These were fine but I would have liked to adjust the settings
The 1 second gap between songs was an annoying problem
because I typically listen to a lot of DJ sets that are mixed together to flow
smoothly. The gap of silence was really noticeable.
Thankfully these problems are no longer an issue as
SonicBlue have released several updates for the firmware. This highlights
one of the main strength of this player is that the software is upgradeable, and
any problems related to software, given time, will go away.
In terms of audio quality, I was somewhat surprised that
the earphones were high quality, and for once I didn't need to replace
them with something better. I've had them for awhile now and the wires have held
up very well, unlike those in cheaper earphones. The only issue I have
with them is that the bass response is kind of weak.
The Remote control is useful, but it feels kind of
flimsy. The clip on the rear of the remote control is next to useless. Same goes
for the carry case as it needs to be threaded on your belt to be of any
real use. I have yet to use the case myself, and probably never will.
The RioVolt does what its designed to do very well. It
plays a lot of music, and has a respectable battery life. I've used it at a
cottage parties where it faithfully provided music for 3 days straight
without a hiccup. It ran for many hours non-stop, and didn't skip a beat (no it
wasn't on continuously for 72 hours).
I've also us it on commutes, and with rechargeable
batteries it will play for about 8 hours solid. Get yourself a car kit and you
got yourself an MP3 player for the car. Keep in mind that heavy bumps will cause
the player to skip every now and then however.
The RioVolt itself looks amazing and is made from
a high quality silver plastic, with some really neat details to the
design. The design is very attractive and gets a lot of attention. People
are really impressed when they find out what it is, and how much music it
In my opinion, from what I've seen,
the RioVolt is way ahead of the other CD-MP3 players on the market.
It's provided endless hours of music without any troubles, and I
wouldn't hesitate to highly recommend it.
|-Uses reusable media (CD-RW's) and has virtually unlimited storage
-Versitility is unquestionable
-carry case is unusable
-weak clip for the controller
-CD Burner a must